Lady Stags secure quarterfinals ticket behind Soltones' 28
Mark Escarlote on Aug 15, 2016 06:48 PM
Grethcel Soltones waxed-hot for San Sebastian as the incoming senior scattered 28 points.
San Sebastian College punched a ticket into the next round by outlasting upset-conscious Technological Institute of the Philippines, 25-22, 13-25, 25-18, 16-25, 15-7, Monday to finish their Group A preliminary round campaign in the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference at the PhilSports The Arena in Pasig City.
The Lady Stags closed the round with a 3-1 win-loss record and joined Group B’s University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas and Far Eastern University in the round robin quarterfinals.
Grethcel Soltones hammered 26 kills in her total of 28 points and added 18 digs while Katherine Villegas and Denice Lim scored 11 markers each for the Recto-based squad. Joyce Sta. Rita had 10 points with five coming of kill blocks.
Libero Alyssa Eroa played big on the defensive end for the Lady Stags with 32 digs and 17 excellent receptions.
SSC-R assistant coach Clint Malazo saw the game as a good challenge for his squad heading into the next round.
“Kung titingnan mo positively OK na rin na nakalimang sets kami para kahit papaano alam mo yung pakiramdam at alam mo kung hanggang saan yung kaya mo,” he said.
“Siguro na-test na rin ang character ng mga bata bago pumasok. Medyo pangit lang kasi error namin ang ikinakatalo namin at hindi 'yung effort ng kalaban e," added Malazo, who rued his squad's 37 errors and for giving away 12 points to the Lady Engineers from the service line.
SSC-R broke open a tight 5-4 start of the fifth set with eight straight points capped by an ace by Sta. Rita for a 13-4 lead. TIP scored two straight points before Lim smashed an off the block kill to put SSC-R at match point.
Soltones committed a service error as the Lady Engineers saved a match point before Mylene Paat’s serve went short.
TIP dropped to 2-2 slate but are assured of at least a playoff for the last quarters berth.
Guest player Mylene Paat had 17 points, Alyssa Layug posted 13 while Eden Maturan got 10 markers for the Lady Engineers.
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